Obituaries 2018

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Karlene Kalenak
Karlene (Pitt) Kalenak

Karlene (Pitt) Kalenak, age 83, of Odessa, TX passed from this life on Friday, April 27, 2018. She began her earthly journey on September 28, 1937. She was born to Hilo and Evia (Farley) Pitt.  Karlene was a homemaker and a teacher's aide.  She was her husband Dan's loyal supporter in his passion for educating people about American History as well as her family's rock; a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her son: Tony Kalenak and wife Eva Lois of Odessa; daughter: Elizabeth Ann "Liz" Hoffman of Houston; son: Eric Kalenak and wife Isabel of Midland; brother:  Tommy Pitt of Spencerville, OK; sister:  Georgia Patterson of Tulsa, OK; seven grandchildren: Ben Kalenak, Patricia O'Michael, Michael Kalenak, Kyle Kalenak, Rafael Nuñez, Celeste Nuñez and Vincent Nuñez and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 57 years: Dan Kalenak; her brothers:  Hal and Terry Pitt; and two sisters:  Carol and Patsie.

Mrs. Kalenak will be interred at Spencerville Cemetery in Spencerville, OK.  Memorial services will be Odessa, TX at a later date.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Doug Mathis 2018
Willard Douglas “Doug” Mathis

Willard Douglas “Doug” Mathis, age 63, of Odessa, TX passed from this life on Thursday, April 26, 2018. He began his earthly journey in Seminole, TX on December 29, 1954 and was born to Aubrey Mathis Jr. and Genevia Mae (Johnson) Mathis.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife: Pamela Mathis; children: Billy Mathis (Jenny), Annja Mathis (Deacon) , Dustin Mathis (Lisa), Ashley Martinez (Isaac) and Colby Ogle (Nikki); father: Roy Barner; brother: Roy Barner; sisters: Brenda Mathis, Peggy Mathis and Joyce Adams; as well as 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother: Genevia Mae Mathis; brother: Dean Dixon and sister: Gail Mathis.

Family visitation will be held from 1-3:00 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Ronny Bunch. Graveside services will follow at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, TX. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel. 

Ishmael Ramirez 2018
Ishmael A. Ramirez

Ishmael Alvarez Ramirez, age 69, of Odessa, passed away at Medical Center Hospital on Friday, April 27, 2018. He was born on Friday, December 17, 1948 in Ft. Stockton, TX.  Ishmael had retired from work at a cement plant.

He was survived by his daughter:  Michelle Ramirez Gonzalez and husband Reyes of Fort Worth, TX; sons:  Matthew Paul Ramirez of Odessa and Ishmael Ramirez Jr. of Oregon; parents:  Maria Ofelia Alvarez Gonzalez and Ignacio Lascano Gonzalez of Odessa; sisters:  Teresa Marie Robles and husband Mike and Velma Rivera and husband Tony, all of Odessa; four grandchildren:  Faith Ramirez, Julia Gonzalez, Bella Gonzalez, and Sofia Gonzalez; nephews:  Mark Torres and Ignacio Robles; niece:  Myra Garcia; and great-nephew:  Christopher Garcia.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather:  Gregorio Alvarez and grandmother:  Juanita Castelo Alvarez.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 1, 2018 from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.  Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm at Acres West Funeral Chapel on Wednesday, May 2, 2018.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West.

Petra Lopez
Petra Lopez

Petra Lopez, age 70, of Odessa, TX entered eternity on Saturday, April 28, 2018. She was born in Juarez, Mexico on October 9, 1947 to the late Manuel and Santos (Llamas) Castaneda.

Petra was a wonderful woman that loved life and every living thing in it. She was supportive, loving and cared for everyone that she knew. Petra loved her family and her grandchildren tremendously. She could be very frank and direct, but she could talk to anyone about anything and she would tell you how she felt. Petra was a sharp dresser, very crafty and could sew. She enjoyed music and dancing and was a beautiful singer. Petra also enjoyed walking, gardening and she was an excellent cook as well. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her son: Jesus Lopez; daughters: Veronica Sandoval and husband Gerardo and Petrita Silvas and husband Ruben; brothers: Armando Llamas, Manuel Castaneda Jr., Jesus Castaneda, Antonio Castaneda, Alfonso Castaneda and Salvador Castaneda; sisters: Delfina Castellaños and Virginia C. Payne; as well as grandchildren: Zachary Williams, Josiah De Los Santos, Milena Sandoval and Amelia Silvas.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 36 years: Jesus Nava Lopez; son: Enrique Castaneda and brother: Daniel Castaneda.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Pastor Bob Thayer. Burial will follow at Ector County Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Vohn Zella Singelterry
Vohn Zella Singleterry

Vohn Zella Singleterry, age 83 of Goldsmith, TX passed from this life into heaven on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  She was born on Sunday, December 23, 1934 in Lamar County Texas to cotton farmers Floyd and Jewel (Templeton) Easley.   

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her children: Helen Greenwood, Janet Walters and Linda Gallardo all of Goldsmith, as well as Jimmy Atwood of Goldsmith and Edward Atwood of Odessa, TX;  brothers: Kenneth, Carl Ray and Jerry Easley;  sister Nelda;  as well as 15 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren and 3 great, great grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Ray Singleterry; brother Carroll Easley and sisters Phonda Hammer and JoAnn Sanders. 

Vohn worked in the cotton fields until she married Edgar Atwood and started a family.  They had five children.  After raising her children, Vohn worked as a nurse's aide in nursing homes until she saved money and bought the Pioneer Café at Turnbough Corner at Goldsmith, TX in 1977.  She was known for her friendly smile, and most of all, for her homemade fried pies.  She owned and operated the Pioneer Café for thirteen years until she sold it in 1990 and retired.  She later married her late husband Ray Singleterry, and enjoyed traveling with him and most of all, her passion for quilting.  Vohn personally pieced and hand-quilted over 300 quilts.  She also quilted on many more during her time in quilting clubs.  Every one of her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren received a quilt from her.  Vohn finished quilting her last quilt a week before she went to heaven. 

Vohn loved her family dearly.  She was proud of all of the generations which was five at the time of her passing.  She was the matriarch and the strong and steady hand of the family.  She was a wonderful friend to many.  She was always willing to help and give to people, even if it was only advice.  She loved to give advice!  She always said that she was really good at “bossing”!   Vohn believed in working hard, not complaining and being thankful.  She loved the Lord and believed and trusted Him for help everyday and in all situations. 

Our Mama and Granny will be greatly missed by her family and friends.  Her absence will never go unnoticed.  But, we are happy for her reunion in Heaven and for the rest she so deserves! 

Memorial services will be at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Latter Rain Worship Center, officiated by Pastor Craig DeArmond.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Donald Ray Turner 2018
Donald Ray Turner

Donald Ray Turner, age 81, of Odessa, passed away at his home that he built for his family, Monday, April 30, 2018 in Odessa. He was born Tuesday, June 16, 1936 in Silverton, TX to Margie Frances (Jones) and John Henry Turner. Donald worked as a welder and retired from Sivalls Inc. and was owner and operator of Turner Welding. He worked hard for his family and loved his wife and children dearly, and was adored and respected by his grandchildren. Donald faithfully served in the United States Army.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his two sons: Eric Turner and wife Sherry of Clovis, NM; John Turner and wife Gaea of Las Vegas, NV; one daughter: Margie McAnear and husband Revis of Jefferson, TX; four brothers: Sammy Lee Turner and wife Rita of Lubbock, TX; John D. Turner of Lockney, TX; Guinn Turner and wife Rhonda of Leaky, TX; Douglas Turner and wife Karen of Lubbock, TX; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife: Lelia Mae (Jones) Turner; and son: Michael Travis Turner.

The family will greet visitors prior to the service beginning at noon on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Silverton Senior Citizens Center. Graveside services will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Silverton Cemetery in Silverton, Briscoe County, Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

The children wish to express their deepest thanks and appreciation to Uncle Noland for all of the help, support and love that he unselfishly provided to both Mom and Dad throughout the years.

Rafaela de Cruz 2018
Rafaela de Cruz

Rafaela de Cruz, age 79, of Odessa, TX entered eternity on Tuesday, May 1, 2018. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico on October 24, 1938 to the late Antonio and Braulia (Padilla) Lopez. She was a homemaker, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister.

Rafaela was a very happy person, who enjoyed music and flowers, and loved tacos and Chinese food.  She was strong willed and very independent; she would not take "no" for an answer.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her son: Alfonso Cruz (Adriana) of Anaheim, CA; daughters: Blanca Orozco (Vicente), Bertha Padilla, Hortencia Juarez (Mario), and Martina Flores (Javier), all of Odessa and Veronica Garcia (Salomon) of Hobbs, NM; sisters:  Socorro Mercado and Augustina Lopez; eighteen grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Her parents and her husband, Ruben Cruz, precede her in death.

Rosary will be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 3, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm Friday,  May 4, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Joe Uecker.  Burial will follow at Odessa II Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Aarlissa Munoz
Aarlissa Amorette Muñoz

Aarlissa Amorette Muñoz, a beautiful little rose borrowed from Heaven's garden, returned to our Heavenly Father on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at University Medical Center in Lubbock, TX at four months old.  She was born in Odessa on Sunday, December 31, 2017 to Aaron Ruben Muñoz and Klarissa Ramirez .

Those left to cherish her memory are her father:  Aaron Muñoz; mother:  Klarissa Ramirez; paternal grandparents:  Carolina Muñoz and Ruben Villa, Jr.; maternal grandparents:  Teresa and Jesus Ramirez; paternal great-grandparents:  Rosemary Olivas, Juan Quiroz, Ramona and Ruben Villa, Sr. and Encarnation Baeza; maternal great-grandparents:  Fred Dutchover and Lucy and Febronio Ramirez; sister:  Marisela Ramirez; aunts:  Abigail Navarette, Isabel Villa, Rubi Villa, Estella Villa, Marisela Villa, Ailyn Villa, Aitana Villa and Chelsse Samaniego; and uncles:  Ivan Resendez, Guadalupe Resendez Jr., Iker Villa, and Javier Samaniego.

Visitation will be at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel, beginning Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm.   Rosary will be recited Thursday evening at 7:00 pm at Acres West 24 Hour Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 9:00 am on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church with interment to follow at Los Angeles Gardens Section of Ector County Cemetery.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Wendell Elder
Wendell Elder

Wendell Elder, age 84, of Goldsmith, TX passed from this life on Saturday, May 5, 2018. He was born in Seagraves, TX on Wednesday, July 26, 1933 to the late McDonald and Mary (Crocker) Elder. He was a Veteran of the US Army and also a Freemason.

Wendell was a very patriotic man. He loved God and his country. Wendell was a loving husband and family man and loyal friend. He was very educated and involved in politics. Wendell was a campaign manager in the 60's. He became a member of the Goldsmith City Council after retiring with over 35 years of service with El Paso Natural Gas. In his free time, he liked to travel and work with his hands refinishing furniture. Wendell was also a hunter of arrowheads in the sandhills with his wife and kids. He had acquired a large collection over the years.

Those left to cherish his love and memories are his beloved wife of 60 years: Mary Lou Elder; sons: Donald Elder and wife Amy and Jerry Elder; daughters: Brenda Smith and husband Jay and Laura Bryan and husband Bobby; brothers: Houston Elder and John Elder; as well as 16 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son: Charles Elder; brother: Alfred Dwayne Elder; sisters: Ella Mae Anderson and Mary Alice Nicholson and grandchild: Cody Elder.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 pm, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Acres West Funeral Chapel, officiated by Mike Bartlett. Graveside services with Military Honors will follow at 3:00 pm at Gaines County Cemetery North in Seminole, TX. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Mary Helen Jacobs 2018
Mary Helen (Pittman) Jacobs

Mary Helen (Pittman) Jacobs, age 54, of Odessa, TX passed from this life on Saturday, May 5, 2018. She was born in Monahans, TX on Wednesday, September 11, 1963 to the late MD and Johnnie Pearl (Hardy) Pittman.

Mary was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. She was very outgoing, selfless and helpful but could also be very stubborn at times. Mary enjoyed spending her time with her grandchildren and loved animals. In her free time she enjoyed reading, crocheting, drinking Pepsi, antique shopping and watching her crime shows on the Discovery ID channel.

Those left to cherish her love and memories are her daughters: Misty DeAnn McClaskey, Stella Rose Newby, Holly Lofton, Dawn Blackwell, Amanda Jacobs and Jennifer Carter; brother: Charles Vincent Sterling; as well as grandchildren: Chloe Creech, Hayden Creech, Kaiden Newby, Kyrsten Newby, John Little, Chasady Butts, Ian Blackwell, Matthew Little, Taylor Jacobs, Kirsten Jacobs and Heather Hubanks and numerous other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband: Vernon Jacobs and daughters: Charlotte Jacobs and Shanna Hughes.

Graveside services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 at Tamarisk Cemetery in Grandfalls, TX, officiated by Pastor James McCrary. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Rafael Solis 2018
 Rafael Ezio Solis

Our little angel, Rafael Ezio Solis was born and whisked away to the arms of Jesus on May 6, 2018.

He is survived by his parents: Rafael and April Solis;  three sisters:  Aleynah, Analeah, and Alina Solis; maternal grandparents:  Gracie and Randy Woodward; and paternal grandparents:  Maria and Rafael Solis, Sr.

Graveside services will be at 9:00 am on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Los Angeles Gardens of Ector County Cemetery, officiated by Deacon Flabio Franco.  Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.

Richard Chris Wright 2018
Richard "Chris" Christensen Wright

Richard "Chris" Christensen Wright, age 52, of Midland, passed from this life on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. He began his earthly journey on January 26, 1966 in Compton, California and was born to Jimmy and Linda (Swann) Wright.

Those left to cherish his love and memory are his son: Joshua Wright; daughters: Misty Wright, Shayla Monroe and Trista Sisk and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Jimmy Wright and Linda Swann; brothers: Jamie Wright and Daryl Wright; and sister: Michelle Allen.

No services have been scheduled at this time. Arrangements are entrusted to Acres West Funeral Chapel.


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